People tend to assume that my husband and I are living it up this summer – school is out after all. We have quite a few friends who are annoyed because they call to ask, “What are yall doing?” and our stock answer is “Working.” We are adjunct college teachers; we don’t get paid over the summer. So we write. And write and write, and then we write some more. From about 6 am until close to midnight every single day. (Okay, we take breaks here and there…but time management is the subject of another blog.)
Where do we find jobs?
Our number one job is with Demand Studios. We write short articles anywhere between 200 to 500 words, and we get paid anywhere from $5 to $20 for each article. Not a bad gig (although a print magazine would pay four times that price for an article, but you do what ya gotta do).
Demand Studios pays once a week, straight into our PayPal accounts, and that means a steady paycheck. We like that.
The only complaint we (and most other DS writers) have is that the titles offered are mostly technical in nature and they are downright time-consuming to wade through. I typically spend several hours a week just looking for titles to write about.
And some of the titles are just downright ridiculous. I think they have a computer program that generates those things because they come out all screwed up and in the wrong categories. Enzo does title proofing for Demand as well as writing and we get a nice chuckle out of some of the titles that come there (again, topic for another blog).
Still, all in all, Demand Studios is a good company to work for, and I highly recommend them to all you freelance writers out there. And if you are a tech geek to boot, all the better – there is a plethora of computer software geek titles to choose from.
Step on over and apply. Lord knows we all can use the extra cash in these trying times.
I am also a writer for Demand Studios and I couldn’t agree more. They provide steady work when I’m between writing clients or not working on other projects. I don’t know what I’d do without them!
You’re right about the technical titles, but lately the large influx has been keeping me pretty busy with topics in my areas of expertise. It could be (and has been) much worse, and I’m just grateful to have the extra money these days. I second your recommendation for anyone interested in writing.
Anyway, thanks for the post, and good luck to you!